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January   |6   |1        

February  |6   |0        

March     |6   |5        

April     |6   |4        

May       |12  |2        

June      |9   |0        

July      |9   |2        

August    |6   |2        

September |7   |2        

October   |5   |9        

November  |3   |3        

December  |2   |0        


                                                                    

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Bournemouth (Hurn) airport        |No record of any                 

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ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Treasury Solicitors

Mr. Martlew: To ask the Attorney-General in what ways the Law Society professional code of conduct applies to Treasury solicitors.

The Attorney-General: The Treasury Solicitor's Department employs solicitors and barristers. As individuals they are all answerable to the profession to which they belong. When acting in the name of the department, the relevant professional standards apply to them.

Marshall v. Southampton and South West Area Health Authority

Mr. Martlew: To ask the Attorney-General (1) what advice was given to Government Departments about the effect of Marshall v. Southampton and South West area health authority (No. 1); (2) if advice was given to all Government Departments about the effect of Marshall v. Southampton and South West area health authority (No. 1).

The Attorney-General: By convention, the Law Officers do not normally disclose whether advice has been given on a particular issue or the substance of any advice that they may have given.


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TRADE AND INDUSTRY

Advisory Bodies

Mr. Harvey: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the functions and objectives of (a) the Coal Task Force, (b) the Engineering Technology Advisory Committee, (c) the Industrial Development Advisory Board, (d) the Information Technology Advisory Board and (e) the Innovation Advisory Board.

Mr. Heseltine: The information requested is as follows:

(a) Coal Task Force

The task force has now been superseded by the Advisory Committee on Coal Research.

(b) Engineering Technology Advisory Committee

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given on 6 December, Official Report, column 126.

(c) Industrial Development Advisory Board

IDAB is appointed under section 10 of the Industrial Development Act 1982 to advise me as Secretary of State on the granting of selective financial assistance under sections 7 and 8 of the Act. (d) Information Technology Advisory Board

Responsibility for ITAB was a matter for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, however I understand that the Board was wound up in July of this year.

(e) Innovation Advisory Board

The Board was wound up in September 1993.

Arms Exports

Mr. Cousins: To ask the President of the Board of Trade on what date the Cymbeline artillery locating system was given an export licence for export to Iraq.

Mr. Heseltine: It has been the policy of successive

Administrations not to disclose details about export licences that have been issued. However, the Government reserve the right to release the information, in exceptional circumstances, where it is in the public interest. This is one of those exceptional cases. Since 1985, export licences have been issued for the export of Cymbeline radars and spares to Iraq on: 28 June 1985, 18 and 20 June 1986, 1 September 1986, 8 January 1987, 11 August 1987, 16 May 1988, 22 November 1988, 19 January 1989 and 7 July 1989. Two of the export licences were revalidated on 2 March 1990. Existing licences were withdrawn by, and returned to, the DTI following the imposition of sanctions on Iraq in August 1990.

Mr. Cohen: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will indicate the amount of public subsidy to the export of armaments in the last five years for which figures are available and the projected figure for the next twelve months.

Mr. Needham: Sales of defence equipment sold on credit terms of two years or more and insured by ECGD are eligible for support under the Department's fixed rate export finance scheme.

In the four years up to 1992 93 a net public expenditure cost was incurred under the scheme as a whole but in the last financial year there were net receipts. The breakdown of these figures between defence and civil business is not collected and is not readily obtainable.

Sir David Steel: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make it his policy that the increase in


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export credits will not be used to facilitate arms deals with countries with poor human rights records.

Mr. Needham: The export licensing system, which is the responsibility of the DTI's export licensing unit takes account of issues such as the human rights record of overseas Governments. The insurance cover provided by the Export Credits Guarantee Department is conditional on export licences being obtained where required.

Junk Mail

Sir David Steel: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps he has taken to prevent the sending of junk mail.

Mr. Ian Taylor: Persons who do not wish to receive unsolicited mail can register with the mailing preference service. This will normally filter out 90 per cent. of such mail. I have no plans to impose any further restrictions.

Nuclear Energy

Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will set out the ways in which the Government's policy of ensuring that energy services are provided to customers in a commercial environment in which consumers pay the full cost of the energy sources they consume, as outlined in the White Paper on the prospects for coal, apply in regard to nuclear energy.

Mr. Charles Wardle: The White Paper "The Prospect for Coal" Cm 2235, explained that transitional arrangements in the form of the nuclear non- fossil fuel option and the fossil fuel levy were put in place at the time of electricity privatisation to enable the full costs of nuclear generation in England and Wales to be met. These arrangements are being assessed by the nuclear review.

Government Chemist

Dr. Moonie: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what are the statutory powers and duties of (a) the Government Chemist and (b) the Laboratory of the Government Chemist.

Mr. Ian Taylor: The Government Chemist is named as referee analyst under the following pieces of legislation:

Food Safety Act 1990 and Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 1990

Agriculture Act 1970

Medicines Act 1968 and Medicines (Animal Feeding Stuffs) (Enforcement) Regulations 1985

Farm and Garden Chemicals Act 1967

Agriculture (Poisonous Substances) Act 1952

Rag Flock and Other Filling Materials Act 1951

Poultry Meat (Water Content) (Scotland) Regulations 1983 Poultry Meat (Water Content) Regulations 1984

Natural Mineral Waters Regulations 1985

Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations 1987 The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations 1992.

In addition, the Government Chemist is named as authorised analyst under the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979. Under the Poisons Act 1972 there is provision for the appointment of the Government Chemist to carry out a function personal to him.

Where required the work to carry out analyses under these pieces of legislation is generally undertaken by the Laboratory of the Government Chemist.


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The Laboratory of the Government Chemist is included as a point of reference in the following legislation:

Notification of New Substances Regulations 1982

Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances) Regulations 1986 Merchant Shipping (Life Saving Appliances for Passenger Ships of Classes III to Via) Regulations 1992

Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 1990 The Public Supply Contracts Regulations 1991

Dr. Moonie: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what conditions will be placed on the sale or transfer of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist to ensure its continuing independence and impartiality.

Mr. Ian Taylor: The Secretary of State will impose appropriate conditions; these are under consideration.

Dr. Moonie: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what powers he has to enforce the carrying out of the statutory role of (a) the Government Chemist and (b) the Laboratory of the Government Chemist; and how these powers will be affected by sale or transfer of the laboratory.

Mr. Ian Taylor: Responsibility for making and terminating the appointment of the Government Chemist, who is currently also the chief executive of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist, falls to my Department. It is not intended that this will change on privatisation.

At present the Department has powers over the carrying out of the statutory role of the Government Chemist and of the staff under his direction through their terms and conditions of employment as civil servants. Upon privatisation, it is expected that the Government Chemist will continue to be appointed by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry within the privatised laboratory and that the terms of the appointment will require that appointee to carry out the statutory functions.

Dr. Moonie: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what was the value of contracts placed with the Laboratory of the Government Chemist in the financial year 1993 94 by (a) his Department, (b) other individual Government Departments and (c) individual executive agencies.

Mr. Ian Taylor: In 1993 94 the Laboratory of the Government Chemist received income from the following:


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(a)                                          |Department of Trade and Industry            |7.4                                                                                      

(b)                                          |Her majesty's Customs and Excise            |1.7                                                                                      

                                             |Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food |1.3                                                                                      

                                             |Ministry of Defence                         |1.1                                                                                      

                                             |Department of Health                        |0.65                                                                                     

                                             |Department of Environment<1>                |0.45                                                                                     

                                             |Department of Transport                     |0.15                                                                                     

(c)                                          |Intervention Board                          |0.6                                                                                      

                                             |Social Security Benefits Agency             |0.2                                                                                      

<1> This includes income from organisations that were part of DoE at the outset of the financial year but changed their status during it.                                           

In addition, a further £0.6 million approximately was received from other central Government customers, including departments and individual executive agencies, consisting predominantly of amounts below £0.1 million.

Dr. Moonie: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how much the Laboratory of the Government Chemist will spend on non-contract strategic research in the financial year 1993 94.


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Mr. Ian Taylor: In 1993 94 the Laboratory of the Government Chemist spent approximately £250,000 on its own strategic research relating to selected areas of analytical science to enhance its technical capabilities. A similar outturn for 1994 95 is expected.

Dr. Moonie: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what arrangements will be made for the pensions of current and former staff of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist following sale or transfer of the laboratory.

Mr. Ian Taylor: On privatisation, the new company will be required to provide broadly comparable pension arrangements. The Government Actuary will provide an independent analysis of comparability between existing pension arrangements and those proposed after privatisation. The pension arrangements of former LGC staff will not be affected.

Energy Advisory Panel

Mr. Tipping: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the current members of the energy advisory panel; if he will give details of their background and expertise; and on what dates the panel has met since March 1993.

Mr. Charles Wardle: The current members of the energy advisory panel, with their relevant background, are as follows:

Chairman

Sir Martin Holdgate

Member of Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; formerly Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Formerly Chief Scientist, Department of the Environment. Recent Chairman of the Renewable Energy Advisory Group.

Members

Lady Mary Archer

Chairman of the National Energy Foundation. A specialist on solar energy and formerly a member of the REAG.

Ron Campbell

Formerly Managing Director of Babcock Energy and Director of the Nuclear Power Group, both leading suppliers to the electricity supply industry. Now a consultant. Member of the Department's former Advisory Council on Energy Research and Development and of NII's Advisory Council on the Safety of Nuclear Installations.

Tony Cooper

General Secretary of EMA, Engineers' and Managers' Association. Electrical Power Engineer's Association. The EMA has strong links with the nuclear and electricity supply industries.

Nigel Evans

Managing Director, Caminus Energy Ltd. An energy economist, specialising in the electricity industry. Consultant to the Coal Review. Formerly a member of ACORD.

David Green MBE

Director of the Combined Heat and Power Association. He was a founder of Neighbourhood Energy Action.

Dieter Helm

Oxford Economic Research Associates. Energy economist.


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Peter Ibbotson

Director, Store Format Group, Sainsbury plc. His

responsibilities include energy efficiency.

Professor Alexander Kemp

Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen. A specialist on the economics of oil production.

Sam Laidlaw

Managing Director of Amerada Hess (UK) Ltd. Former President of the United Kingdom Offshore Operators' Association.

Mike Parker

Formerly Director of Economics, British Coal. Now a consultant. Paul Rich

Managing Director, Allied Steel and Wire Ltd. Represents large energy users.

Lynda Rouse

Currently Managing Director, Corporate Finance, Barclays de Zoete Wedd Ltd. Lead adviser on the privatisation of the Scottish electricity supply industry.

Ann Scully

Vice-Chairman, National Consumers Council, and Chairman Domestic Coal Consumer's Council.

Anthony White

Head of Corporate Strategy, National Grid Company.

Professor Alan Williams

Department of Fuel and Energy, Leeds University. An expert on combustion. Recently Chaired the Watt Committee study of methane emissions. Was a special adviser to the Coal Inquiry by the Trade and Industry Select Committee.

Since the membership of the energy advisory panel was announced on 27 October 1993, it has met on seven occasions: on 23 November 1993; and on 10 February, 25 March, 28 June, 30 September, 25 October, and 8 December 1994.

Electricity Trading Report

Mr. Trend: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement on the Director General of Electricity Supply's report, "Trading Outside the Pool".

Mr. Eggar: I welcome the director general's report and accept his conclusions. I note that further reforms in pool trading are anticipated. I look forward to further reforms in the way the uplift element of the pool price is handled and share the director general's wish to see progress in permitting local trades between generators and second tier suppliers - that is, trades on the customer side of a grid supply point rather than trades across the grid itself. The director general has stated that he would be prepared to reconsider the issue of "Trading Outside the Pool" at some future date if circumstances warranted. I consider this a sensible and pragmatic conclusion.

Patent Office Agency

Mr. Trend: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the review of the Patent Office Agency.

Mr. Heseltine: I am pleased to announce that the review is now complete. A summary of the consultants'


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